Kay Lon

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Kay Lon
Nationality Flag of Germany svg.png German
Born 24 February 1991
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Current Team Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Aeroracing Engineering
Car Number 6
Former Teams Flag of Australia svg.png/Flag of Germany svg.png MRT
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Prospec
Flag of Japan svg.png Kahama Motor Sport
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jones Racing
Flag of Japan svg.png Sunshine Motorsports
Races 103 (88 starts)
Championships 0
Victories 2
Podiums 19
Points 187
Pole Positions 1
Fastest Laps 2
First Race 2010 German Grand Prix
First Victory 2013 Mexican Grand Prix
Last Victory 2016 British Grand Prix
Last Race 2016 Chinese Grand Prix (Ongoing)
Best Finish 3rd (2012)

Kay Lon (born 24 February 1991 in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein) is a highly controversial German racing driver currently driving for Aeroracing Engineering, known for holding the record for the greatest amount of entries and starts before winning his first race in the F1RWRS, taking his maiden victory at the 2013 Mexican Grand Prix. He is one of the three drivers left who have entered every F1RWRS race weekend (together with Thomas De Bock and Douglas Mann).

His reprehensible attitude both in and out of the car have earned him the moniker The Hamburg Humbug, first coined by former Scuderia Alitalia team principal Alessandro Linari. Linari denied this had anything to do with the time Phoenix McAllister drove a golf buggy into a lake whilst all three were heavily intoxicated, and Lon's inability to swim meant Linari and McAllister had to risk their lives to save Lon's. Or so they thought, until it turned out the 'lake' was actually a three feet deep fish pond.

Early Career

One of the many young Germans influenced by the success of Michael Schumacher, Lon first caught public attention by becoming the youngest GP2 driver at the age of 15 after replacing Luca Filippi at Fisichella Motor Sport. It became apparent during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend that Lon was out of his depth and so his tenure ended after a crash in the follwing race in Monaco.

Set back by that loss, Kay Lon somehow found heritage in the FIA Alternative Energies Cup, driving a Peugeot hybrid and finishing joint 10th in the 2007 championship. He continued into the next year, again finishing joint 10th, despite having scored two points less. Meanwhile he started in four German Formula Three races, two in Oschersleben, where he retired two times, and two at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, the first ending in a seventh place finish with a further point for the fastest lap of the race, the second one being less successful and ending in a 16th place finish.

For 2009, Lon started for Rhino's Leipert Motorsport in the entire German Formula Three season. While his season consisted mainly of the consistent, yet unimpressive, driving that would be the foundation for his 2012 F1RWRS championship challenge, Lon impressed at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, where he completely dominated the competion to take all 24 points on offer with two poles, two fastest laps and two race wins. This drive caught the attention of Japanese businessman Tatsuya Kahama who announced Lon as the second driver for his new F1RWRS team Kahama Motorsports shortly before the season finale. Lon finished fifth in the championship.

F1RWRS Career: 2010-Present

Kay Lon is one of the three drivers who have taken part in every Grand Prix weekend in the F1RWRS history.

Kamaha (2010-2012)

2010

With Simon Redman joining the team only from the Luxembourgian Grand Prix onwards, Lon was the sole driver entered by Kamaha for the first F1RWRS race. Challenged by his new enviroment, Lon never got out of the bottom half of the standings and ended the race second-to-last, only beating Thomas De Bock. Lon scored his first points in a rather anonymous effort at the following race, taking ninth place at the Nürburgring. The next two races went without points or any other noticeable incidents, whereas his team mate managed to get a secure place in the lower point regions. Adalaide's F1RWRS qualifying would serve as a first sign of Lon's true potential with a third place in qualifying, just behind championship contenders Gary Cameron and Frank Zimmer. His race performance was sub-par however and he finished the race only in 15th place. Kay Lon returned to the points in his first drive in Bahrain, having fought cool-headed against former F1 World Champion Daniel Melrose. A bad pit strategy ruined Lon's race at the 2010 F1RWRS Belgian Grand Prix, however the second stop that took a chance at points from him allowed Kay to score his first fastest lap in F1RWRS, ironically being the only one until late 2013. A return to anonymity in Great Britian was followed by points in the last event of the season, after which Lon was confirmed by Kamaha as their second driver for the 2011 season.

2011

Simon Redman had the best possible start to the season with a win at the Norisring. Lon however was not so lucky and never looked competitive all weekend long, ending the race in 12th, just where he started. The 2011 F1RWRS German Grand Prix did not bring any change, Lon was still close yet far from the points, whereas Redman made a solid fourth place. Oschersleben was a horrendous experience for the team with Lon finishing dead last and Redman only two positions ahead. Giving an, in hindsight, very amusing preview to their 2012 championship battle, Kay Lon and Pippa Mann collided during the Luxembourg race. Another crash-filled race followed at the following race after Lon managed to outqualify his partner for the first time in 2011, which earned Lon a disqualification for dangerous driving, a penalty he recieved with a lot of anger. Another awful performance followed at the 2011 F1RWRS British Grand Prix with Lon qualifying last and barely making any process on Sunday. The British islands were no good place for the young German, who failed to pre-qualify for the first time in his motorsport career at the 2011 F1RWRS English Grand Prix. Brands Hatch's event resulted in another DNPQ. For the 2011 F1RWRS Dutch Grand Prix, Kay Lon finally returned to the grid with a 16th place in qualifying. Lon finally showed his talents and made use of the close racing that took place all day long, passing F1 legend Chris Dagnall on his way to second place on the podium, behind a dominating Gary Cameron. Lon's awful luck with the Adalaide track came known for the first time when he failed to make the grid for the third time that season. Kamaha offered Lon, despite his mediocre season, a three-year contract which he gladly signed. A change of the prequalifying system aided Lon in making the grid for the Australian Grand Prix, where he failed to score points again. After two failures to qualify, this time at Eastern Creek and at the 2011 Surfers SuperPrix, Lon returned to the grid for the 2011 F1RWRS Chinese Grand Prix, where Lon took an impressive fourth. Lon's season ended quite anonymously with a 16th place. However, the race weekend turned out interesting, with the confirmation that Simon Redman would leave Kamaha (and, as time should tell later, the entire series)) for the upcoming season with Kamaha becoming a one car-effort for 2012.

2012

Despite testing not really throwing up results that were much better than Kahama's results in the Redman years, Kay Lon qualified a brilliant fifth at the 2012 F1RWRS Bavarian Grand Prix. While only being classified as seventh remained due to a collision with a careless Jeroen Krautmeir, Lon showed a decent amount of promise. The following Grand Prix weekend began with struggle as Kay just managed to make pre-qualifying as the last qualifier. However, this proved a single outlier in an otherwise great weekend, where Lon scored his second podium finish, taking the fight to Pippa Mann for the win. This happened again in Hockenheim at the 2012 F1RWRS German Grand Prix, this time battling with former F1RWRS world champion Nathanael Spencer. This second place was sufficient to take the championship lead at that time. The third second place in the fourth German race of the calender followed at the 2012 F1RWRS Luxembourg Grand Prix, this time Lon shared the podium with Pippa Mann and Chris Dagnall, the three title contenders of the 2012 season being on one and the same podium, although Dagnall was at that time 21 points away from the British driver. The first setback followed, however, at the 2012 F1RWRS Belgian Grand Prix, where Lon only finished ninth. Luckily, Pippa Mann failed to finish at all. The three championship contenders once again aligned close to each other at the next following Grand Prix weekend with pole-setter Dagnall finishing fourth ahead of Lon and Mann. While Dagnall went on to establish his championship challenge and take the lead in said championship at his home race, Kay Lon himself only managed a sixth place, beating Pippa Mann. An accident with Frank Zimmer that took him out of the Grand Prix caused Lon to drop out of the points at the 2012 F1RWRS Kent Grand Prix. Luckily, a second-place finish behind first-time F1RWRS winner Douglas Mann at the 2012 F1RWRS English Grand Prix, revitalised his championship campaign.

Despite having grown into a possible champion, his fortunes in following Grand Prix weekend did not turn any better. After failing to qualify any better than 14th, an amateurish spin into the wall cost him dearly and ended his race. Thankfully Pippa Mann was anonymous the entire weekend over and finished only 12th, whereas Dagnall failed to beat Nathanael Spencer. That meant that with six races to go, Lon and Dagnall were tied for second on 49 points, behind Pippa Mann. Daniel Melrose, James Davies and Douglas Mann were other possible contenders for the championship. After the setback, Kay Lon struck back at the Surfers SuperPrix, taking third place behind Chris Dagnall and rather surprising winner Gary Cameron. In a move that should prove to be fateful in the following months, Kahama signed Japanese driver Barii Mori for a second Kahama car. In a press conference before the race Lon announced his intention of retiring from F1RWRS racing should he win the title. Coming back from sixth position, Kay Lon nearly took his first win at the New South Wales GP, coming a close second behind Ashley Watkinson, who had respectful words for his German opponent after the race. At Bathurst, all championship contenders retired in a chaotic race, leaving the situation at the top unchanged, i.e. with Kay Lon in the lead just in front of Dagnall and Mann. The latter two struck back at the following event, with Dagnall equalising Lon's points total. In the last race before the double points season finale, Lon retook the sole lead on the driver's table with a fourth place. Only two points seperated the top three before the 2012 F1RWRS Indianapolis 500, which was to be the great showdown. Amongst the first three drivers, Lon had the second best qualifying pace, finishing qualifying in eight (Mann: 6th, Melrose: 10th). In an exciting race, Kay Lon lost the championship to Pippa Mann and had to surrender second place in a close battle against Dagnall that went to the flag.

Castrol Jones Racing (2013)

After beginning his 2013 season with two sub-par performances, Barii Mori decided to release his driver and replace him with Nicolas Steele. A desperate Lon was therefore willing to join the rebirth of Jones Racing, becoming the second driver alongside team owner Sammy Jones. On their first weekend in Mexico, Kay Lon proved the potential of the new car by putting it in sixth place after dominating pre-qualifying. On race day Kay Lon became the 24th race winner in F1RWRS history, winning on his 43rd entry. Lon followed up that win by finishing second in the 2013 F1RWRS United States Grand Prix which raised speculations about his title chances and made him more boastful. After retiring in the 2013 F1RWRS United States Grand Prix, Jones Racing suffered their worst result of the season, a DNPQ in Pau. Lon earnt a lot of critism for his comments afterwards, claiming that timing had been rigged because of him being the best driver in the series it was impossible for his team to not pre-qualify. However, these comments were the inspiration for the Best In The World brand. After a number of retirements, Lon returned to the points at the 2013 F1RWRS Belgian Grand Prix despite spinning out of a promising position with a 5th place. Shortly afterwards, Kay Lon scored his final podium position with Jones Racing at the 2013 F1RWRS Chinese Grand Prix before being sacked (see Controversy)

Sunshine Infiniti (2013-2014)

Despite being caught completely off-guard by his release at the hand of Jones, Kay Lon was saved by a two-race contract with Sunshine. After suffering an engine failure in the team's home race on Mt. Fuji, Lon managed to come back from an early spin in the final race of the season to score a second place, his tenth podium finish.

Controversy

Kay Lon was in a protracted court battle with his old team Kamaha Motorsports, which was ended after failing participation by Kamaha and a gentleman's agreement between Sunshine's team manager and Morii near the end of the 2013 season. At the end of the 2012 season, Barii Mori bought the ailing team and resigned Kay Lon for another season, however Kay Lon was not happy at the direction the team was taking and Barii Mori accussed Kay Lon of driving slowly, as he was qualifying over a second off the time set by Mori, he also retired very quickly in the first two race, and was described by Kamaha staff of being disruptive to the team. After the second race of the season, Kay Lon was fired and replaced with journeyman Nicolas Steele who had been impressing in prequalifying in the Team Calinetic car, in qualifying in Mexico he set a time that was just a hundredth off the time set by Mori. Kay Lon has admitted in court that he had been slanderous about the team but denied all the other charges against him.

He is also accused of sexual indecency when travelling around China and Taiwan, at least two female drivers one in Taiwan, 19 year old, Gan Wan Moore and a unnamed chinese driver have made statements to the police that Kay Lon was indecent, an arrest warrent has been issued by the police in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Kay Lon has refused to comment on this. Lon was arrested on the eve of the Chinese Grand Prix and got sentenced to a fine for indecent behaviour. The arrest of his Chinese lawyer has led to the false report of Lon himself being arrested for bribery. These events have caused Sammy Jones to release Kay Lon after a major sponsor canceled their agreement with Castrol Jones Racing.

Aside from these incidents, Lon has also engaged in many verbal feuds with other drivers. Lon is known to have a dislike for his former team mate Barii Mori and former Formula 1 world champion Jack Christopherson. While he also has a verbal feud with Phoenix McAllister, nobody really knows just how intense their dislike actually is given that the feud is really just a by-product of Lon's time at Jones Racing. Daniel Melrose and Kay Lon used to be opposed to each other but working together at the 2014 F1RWRS Luxembourg Grand Prix seems to have improved their relationship by a lot.

At the 2015 F1RWRS Canadian Grand Prix, Lon against caused a ruckus by colliding with his own team mate, causing a chain reaction taking out four other drivers. During the race the German driver got drunk and got in a physical quarrel with Rosco Vantini. Lon was handed a suspended race ban for the events happening at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.


Complete F1RWRS Results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Pts
2010 Kahama Motor Sport Kahama KT-1 Ford EDA GER
17
LUX
9
SAX
16
CHN
14
TAS
15
BHR
7
BEL
12
GBR
13
AUS
8
14th 9
2011 Kahama Motor Sport Kahama KT-2 Ford EDB BAV
12
GER
10
SAX
19
LUX
Ret
GBR
DSQ
GBR
17
ENG
DNPQ
KEN
DNPQ
NED
2
TAS
DNPQ
AUS
12
NSW
DNPQ
SUR
DNPQ
CHN
4
USA
16
21st 15
2012 Kahama Motor Sport Kahama KT-3 Ford EDB Spec III BAV
7
SAX
2
GER
2
LUX
2
BEL
9
NED
5
GBR
6
KEN
11
ENG
2
TAS
Ret
SUR
3
NSW
2
AUS
Ret
CHN
10
USA
4
500
5
3rd 80
2013 Kamaha Motorsports Kamaha KM-4 Ford EDCX TAS
Ret
AUS
Ret
5th 30
Castrol Jones Racing Jones CJR-102B Ford HBD VI MEX
1
USA
2
MON
Ret
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
NED
9
BEL
5
POR
6
MED
Ret
MAC
6
CHN
3
Sunshine Infiniti Sunshine SN-1 Infiniti GLX13T JPN
Ret
BRA
2
2014 Sunshine Infiniti Sunshine SN-2 Infiniti GLX14T TAS
12
AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
MEX
Ret
USA
Ret
MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
DNQ
GER
7
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
MED
2
NDS
3
MAC
7
CHN
5
JPN
3
10th 16
2015 Pemberton Prospec Racing Prospec PPR-02 Peugeot A7 TAS
Ret
AUS
DNPQ
MED
15
MON
DNPQ
MEX
11
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
GBR
DNQ
GER
10
BEL
DNPQ
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
NDS
DNPQ
CHN
DNPQ
JPN
DNPQ
BRA
DNPQ
36th 0
2016 Virgin Melrose Racing Team MRT M7 BMW P90/16 AUS
Ret
4th* 37*
Aeroracing Engineering Aeroracing ARE01-2 Audi AF1-4 NSW
3
GBR
1
ITA
Ret
AUT
Ret
CAN
Ret
USS
2
USN
Ret
GER
3
NED
Ret
MON
Ret
BEL
2
MEX
4
ARG
8
CHN
Ret
JPN
  • * denotes a season currently in progress.